Global Village Nanaimo

Global Village Nanaimo - Fair Trade & Non-Profit

Destiny Reflection, India

Located in Kolkata, Destiny Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to end human trafficking and slavery. Established in the year 2007. their aim is not simply to save girls from trafficking or sexual exploitation, but to make certain that they are not compelled to go back into the trade due to social and economic pressures.

Destiny comprises two divisions which work in tandem: Destiny Foundation is the charitable wing, and Destiny Reflection is the social business wing.  All of their employees are survivors of trafficking.

Rescued girls are usually placed at shelter homes, where their safety is ensured till they come of age. Some girls are able to go back to their families but many are compelled to start life afresh and on their own. Responsible shelter homes and interest groups make it a mission to encourage these girls to study and develop skills that will help them to find a secure means of livelihood. At Destiny Foundation, they often conduct training programs at shelter homes and in the Red Light area where they equip girls with knowledge of vocational skills such as sewing and crafts together with basic Literacy.

The goal is  to make sure that no girl who escapes from trafficking has to return to that world again. The social entrepreneurship program strives to provide girls from such underprivileged and vulnerable backgrounds a steady means of employment. The girls’ stint with the Foundation begins with on-the-job training conducted at Destiny, where they are taught stitching, and embroidery among other skills. Once adequately trained, they’re employed in Reflection, becoming a part of a formal work environment. The products hand-made by our employees – a variety of bags, fashion accessories, stationery items, kantha and household furnishings made from silk sari fabrics and block-printed organic cotton – constitute Reflection’s signature collections. Proceeds from the sale of these products support the Foundation’s activities and ensure a steady income for the employed girls.

Today they are supporting around 75 women and children through their program,. They also extend assistance to a few independent individuals and women’s groups who work and produce goods in collaboration with them.

Global Village Nanaimo has not only purchased products through Destiny’s regular products, but we have also worked with them to design pajama pants specifically for the Canadian Market. In 2018 we are receiving our 2nd shipment of these unique, practical garments.